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Late Sub Herring Upsets Springs

 
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October 2, 2011 / BY UBO PRESS OFFICER

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With the main character of perhaps the biggest real-life Rocky-story in boxing history, former undisputed Heavyweight Champion “Buster” Douglas, watching from Ringside, late substitute Willie Herring created his own equivalent when he won the vacant Universal Boxing Organization™ World Cruiserweight title on Saturday (10.1) at the Rising Star Casino in Rising Sun, scoring a sixth round stoppage over local favorite and former WBC World title-challenger Ravea Springs.

 
 

Springs was originally scheduled to fight Daniel Judah for the UBO title, but when Judah pulled out Herring jumped in and took the fight on short notice, flying in from Orlando, Florida on the day of the fight to save promoter Nate Tubbs´s main event on a show where part of the proceeds are going to help fund the Nate Tubbs Group Home for Boys.

Tubbs had earlier seen his co-feature, a UBO International Female Super Featherweight title fight, scrapped when a pre-fight physical showed that one of the contestants is pregnant.

Willie Herring, who actually holds a significantly higher BoxRec ranking than Daniel Judah despite a spotty professional record, and has a victory over IBF # 3 contender Troy Ross and a draw with world-class light heavyweight Shaun George, was coming off a bad run at heavyweight.

Moving back down to Cruiserweight, where he has only lost three times, twice in title fights and once due to an injury, proved to be a wise decision for the 32-year-old.

Herring knocked Springs down in the first round with a hard right hand, and the former NABO champion got up on shaky legs.

New UBO World Cruiserweight Champion Willie Herring

 

After that it was all Herring, who put the pressure on Springs with punishing body-shots and hooks to the head. Springs was forced to fight on the retreat, and never got any kind of momentum in the fight.

The end came in the sixth when a crushing right hook send Springs down again, and the fight was waved off with only seconds remaining of the round. With the victory Herring improved to a deceiving 13-9-3 (4), while Springs falls to 28-4 (22).   

“I am going to stay at Cruiserweight now, my natural weight class, and I am going to beat anyone who gets in my way”, said the new World Champion after the fight.


 

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